Exercise 2.4

Find a location with good light for a portrait shot. Place your subject some distance in front of a simple background and select a wide aperture together with a moderately long focal length. Take a viewpoint about one and a half metres from your subject, allowing you to compose a headshot comfortably within the frame. Focus on the eyes and take the shot.

f4.0, ISO:250, 100mm, 1/400

The background blur created by the shallow depth of field makes the subject stand out really well. The long focal length (100mm) slightly compresses the features in a flattering way, so is ideal for portrait photography.